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Nearly 15,000 submissions for Hockey Night in Canada theme contest

TORONTO - The CBC received nearly 15,000 submissions in its quest to find a new theme song for "Hockey Night in Canada."

A total of 14,685 entries were submitted to the broadcaster's Anthem Challenge contest prior to the Aug. 31 deadline, CBC said Wednesday.

The network is holding the Canada-wide search after the rights to the iconic jingle that opened its weekly hockey broadcast for some 40 years were snapped up by CTV in June.

The entries are now with a panel of judges who will pare down the contenders to five finalists. Each of the final five songs will be featured CBC's "The Hour" the week of Sept. 29.

The five composers will then appear on a special hour-long program Oct. 4 after which Canadians will have a chance to vote for their favourite with two finalists being revealed at the beginning of the "Hockey Night in Canada" doubleheader on Oct. 9.

Fans will then have the opportunity to cast their vote for the winner. The new theme will be unveiled Oct. 11 during "Hockey Night in Canada."

The winning composition will receive $100,000 in cash and the songwriter will receive half of the ongoing performance royalties. The other half will go to minor league hockey in Canada.

Some of the entries can be heard at CBCSports.ca/anthemchallenge.

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